Coriolanus


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Enter Tullus Aufidius, with Senators of Corioles


FIRST SENATOR

So, your opinion is, Aufidius,

That they of Rome are entered in our counsels
counsel (n.) 4 plan, purpose, design
enter in (v.) be acquainted with, be aware of

And know how we proceed.


AUFIDIUS

                         Is it not yours?

What ever have been thought on in this state

That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome

Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone
circumvention (n.) 1 warning to avoid, chance to outwit

Since I heard thence. These are the words – I think

I have the letter here; yes, here it is:

They have pressed a power, but it is not known
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
press (v.) 1 levy, raise, conscript

Whether for east or west. The dearth is great,
dearth (n.) 1 scarcity, shortage, lack [of food], famine

The people mutinous. And it is rumoured,

Cominius, Martius your old enemy,

Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,

And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,

These three lead on this preparation
preparation (n.) 1 equipped military force, force ready for war

Whither 'tis bent. Most likely 'tis for you.
bend (v.) 1 aim, direct, level, turn

Consider of it.
field, in the engaged in military operations, in military array


FIRST SENATOR

                         Our army's in the field.

We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready

To answer us.
answer (v.) 6 engage with, encounter, meet [in fight]


AUFIDIUS

                         Nor did you think it folly

To keep your great pretences veiled till when
pretence (n.) 1 plan, design, intention, purpose

They needs must show themselves, which in the hatching,

It seemed, appeared to Rome. By the discovery
appear (v.) 1 be plain, become apparent
discovery (n.) 1 disclosure, admission, revelation

We shall be shortened in our aim, which was
shorten (v.) 1 reduce, diminish, cut back

To take in many towns ere almost Rome
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome

Should know we were afoot.


SECOND SENATOR

                         Noble Aufidius,

Take your commission, hie you to your bands.
band (n.) 3 body of men, troop
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Let us alone to guard Corioles.
alone (adv.) only, solely, uniquely

If they set down before's, for the remove
remove (n.) 4 removal, raising [of a siege]
set down (v.) 5 encamp, lay siege

Bring up your army. But, I think, you'll find

Th' have not prepared for us.


AUFIDIUS

                         O, doubt not that.

I speak from certainties. Nay more,

Some parcels of their power are forth already,
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

And only hitherward. I leave your honours.

If we and Caius Martius chance to meet,

'Tis sworn between us we shall ever strike

Till one can do no more.


ALL

                         The gods assist you!


AUFIDIUS

And keep your honours safe!


FIRST SENATOR

                         Farewell.


SECOND SENATOR

                                                         Farewell.


ALL

Farewell.

Exeunt

 
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